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Mourinho: Further Anatomy of a Winner [Hardcover]

Patrick Barclay
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25 Aug 2011

When Jose Mourinho realised as a teenager that he was never going to be a great player, he decided he was going to become the best coach in the world. At 47, many would say that he's done that - probably including Mourinho, who has called himself the Special One. From translator and assistant to Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona, to Champions League-winning manager at Porto and on to turning Chelsea into one of Europe's most successful clubs, followed by Champions League victory at Inter-Milan, and now ready to deliver the same at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho's ascent has been rapid.

Backed by Abramovich's billions, Mourinho weeded out those not fully committed to his methods, made several astute signings and improved the performances of many Chelsea stars. The result: in his first season in 2005, Chelsea won both the Premier League title and the Carling Cup, followed by another title the following season. Mourinho then left for Inter-Milan where he delivered a treble in his second season in charge, and is now tasked with bringing Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' the silverware they crave.

Patrick Barclay, award-winning football correspondent of The Times, has written an intelligent, analytical and concise account of the life and psychology of Mourinho. To develop this portrait, he has interviewed those who have worked closely with him, such as Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal, as well as some of the players who provide a revealing insight into what has made Mourinho the most successful manager in the world.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409134202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409134206
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An outstanding sportswriter shares the secrets of success of one of world football's most constantly victorious managers: Jose Mourinho.

About the Author

Patrick Barclay is Chief Football Correspondent for THE TIMES and has won the SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD. He has previously worked for the INDEPENDENT, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER and DAILY TELEGRAPH.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius! 7 April 2012
By Fabrizio Poli VINE VOICE
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Unlike some of the top Football Coaches today like Alex Ferguson, Bobby Robson, Fabio Capello, Giovanni Trapattoni, & Carlo Ancelotti Mourinho does not have a past as a professional football player. Having studied languages and psychology he arrived in the football world as an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson. Mourinho is a great observer, strategist & tactician. Once a player turns professional he already knows the basics of playing football, the rest is down to fitness, psychology & team work. Mourinho is a master at this and this book shows you how.
Good to see that behind this great man is a solid family, where his wife plays a key role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Very good view into Jose's ways and methods. I picked it up to learn how I could get the most from my team
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a special one 28 May 2013
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excellent i can now understand what it is all about, having been in my earlier life a PE teacher who many time had to inspire young people to believe in themselves, i feel that what i did was not so far away from Mr Mourinho. i was fascinated by his approach to detail and the psychology he used, wish i was 40 years younger again
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Special One 24 Mar 2013
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The story of Jose Mourinho's rise to fame is real Roy of the Rovers stuff. Never realising he was going to make it as a player, he got himself on the coaching ladder, acted as translator and assistant to Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona, then went alone, and proved he had the midas touch. Patrick Barclay's book is a superb biography of the 'Special One.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 25 April 2014
By majd
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Amazing! First time ever a coach changes the football law, usually fans follow players , but mourinho made me switch teams to follow him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 29 Mar 2014
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Partrick Barclay is one of the few Scottish journalists I enjoy reading. Most hacks attached to Scottish rags are like rabid Celtic fans with laptops who can only spread rumour and innuendo about Rangers. It is therefore refreshing to read this balanced and well written account of The Special One, who is the most charismatic manager since Shankly and Clough. A thoroughly entertaining read about a superb football manager.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A'zon virgin! 11 Feb 2014
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skeptical about online puchasing, postal/courier things!, but NOW!, it was all so simple & convienient. best part, like a child waiting for his present!
(ps i actually support liverpool!!)
many thanks A'zon, bookmarks @ the ready for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 11 Jun 2013
By SID
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Very good read of a sporting legend who enjoyed is time in England and is now back at Chelsea again lol
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4.0 out of 5 stars very insightful
Enjoyed reading about the greatest manager probably of all time.
Jose Mourinho is flawed in quite a few aspects of his character,though his positive attributes by far out way... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jamie G
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great for someone not very deep into Football
I am not very deep into football and bought the book looking for the story of grit & determination with some rough edges. Read more
Published 17 months ago by bl
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read...but lacking..
The book is an entertaining read, but lacks sufficient depth to be a sound biography.

It does reflect that Mourinho is a very, very lucky guy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by cruzing
5.0 out of 5 stars Mourinho Further Anatomy of a winner
Well what can I say about the Special One I have read about all the books featuring him and find them very enlightening. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sheila Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Paradox
Well worth a read if your remotely interested in Jose.
Still can't work out if his antics are deliberate to take the pressure from his team, or he is just a big show... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andy George
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Great read, quality manager with a serious passion for the game. Loves the players he works with and wants success.
Published 21 months ago by doaky
1.0 out of 5 stars Too similar to the first book
I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband as he is a big fan of Mourinho and had read the first book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Caroline Ready
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